Bukola Ogun, 37, said she planned her own kidnap in order to scare her husband into relocating her and children to the U.S.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said, while parading the suspect on Friday, that Ogun conspired with 3 other persons, including her cousin, to arrange the crime.
He said, “The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command arrested a business woman who conspired with a three-man gang to orchestrate her own kidnap in order to fraudulently obtain money from her husband, Kayode.
The incident happened on July 4, 2017, when three armed hoodlums stormed the residence of the supposed victim and kidnapped her. Barely four hours later, the suspects contacted the husband and demanded a N10m for her release.
The husband, who did not know that it was all arranged by his wife, contacted the police and a manhunt was launched for the hoodlums. Two male suspects were later arrested.”
The suspects arrested are Kayode Adepoju and Olalekan Anafi. Ogun said that her husband, who has dual citizenship of Nigeria and the US, worked for the stock exchange and that the whole thing started like a joke. She added that she lodged herself in a hotel.
“I just woke up one day and thought of a way to make my husband see reason why he should use his American citizen status to take me out of the country. It all started like a child’s play.
I told my supposed abductors to tell my husband that the ransom was N10m although I knew he would not be able to pay such money. He is just a salary earner. I lodged myself in a hotel and I was there for two days.
I went back home on the third day and no ransom was paid.” The husband, who resided in the US for many years before returning home a few years ago, had already begun the process of relocating the family to the US but the wife thought the process was too slow.
They have been married for six years and blessed with two children.
While speaking on his role in the whole case, Mrs Ogun’s cousin, Kayode, said the woman just called her one day, informing him that she wanted to stage her own kidnap so that her husband would agree to relocate her to the United States since he is a citizen.
“So she told me to find one of my friends who has a car and we would come to her house in the evening of the day we wanted to stage the kidnap.
“After that, we called her husband, asking for N10million ransom, just to make the whole plan look real, but we didn’t collect anything from him.
“However, I was arrested the following day after she returned home; policemen came to my office to arrest me, and we had no option than to tell the police the truth,” Kayode said.
The Oyo police boss, however, said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as possible so as to serve as a lesson to others who might be planning such stunts.
Source: Nigerian Tribune